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Court of Justice of the European Union: Recognition of Treaty Negotiations as a Legal Act, Validation of Initiative to Stop TTIP

(May 31, 2017) On May 10, 2017, the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which, inter alia, deals with actions for annulment of European Commission decisions brought by individuals, businesses, or governments of the EU Member States, reviewed the case M. Efler and Others v. the European Commission.  The […]

New Zealand: Ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Completed

(May 23, 2017) On May 11, 2017, the New Zealand government completed the formal process for ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, becoming the second signatory country, after Japan, to do so. (Press Release, Todd McClay, McClay Says TPP Ratification Keeps Options Open, BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ (May 11, 2017).) The notification of the completion of New Zealand’s applicable […]

Seychelles; World Trade Organization: WTO Membership Accepted

(May 5, 2015) On April 26, 2015, Seychelles was officially accepted as the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). (WTO Welcomes Seychelles as Its 161st Member, WTO website (Apr. 27, 2015).) The process, which took 20 years, is one of the longest accession procedures in WTO history; the average time for completion of […]

China: New Guidelines for Cooperation Signed with Central and Eastern European Countries

(Dec. 29, 2014) On December 16, 2014, China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries agreed to the Belgrade Guidelines for Cooperation Between China and CEE Countries. Under the Guidelines, the parties will expand trade, investment, and economic cooperation and oppose protectionism. (China, CEE Countries Outline Blueprint for Further Economic Cooperation, CCTV (Dec. 17, 2014).) […]

Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru: Trade Protocol Signed

(Feb. 18, 2014) The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, with his counterparts the Presidents of Colombia, Chile, and Peru, signed an Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for the Pacific Alliance. The signing took place on February 10, 2014, at the closing ceremony of the 8th Pacific Alliance Summit, held in Cartagena de Indias, […]